Senator John DiSanto

Senator John DiSanto Pennsylvania State Senator representing the 15th District - part of Dauphin and all of Perry County. Chair, Senate State Government Committee

John DiSanto is a second-generation family business owner with broad experience in construction and real estate development. He is a managing trustee of the Terra Trust, a real estate development and investment trust that owns and operates a multi-state portfolio of properties as well as construction and property management service providers. In 2016, John was elected to the Senate representing the 15th Senatorial District, which covers most of Dauphin County and all of Perry County. His agenda includes reforming government, cutting wasteful spending, eliminating property taxes and removing bureaucratic barriers to job creation. John has been instrumental in many large-scale philanthropic initiatives, including construction of the new Bishop McDevitt High School and both building and rehabilitating homes for Habitat for Humanity. He has actively supported educational programs, youth athletics and many other charitable causes that strengthen our communities. Born and raised in the Harrisburg area, John graduated from Central Dauphin High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Urban Planning from American University. He is married and has two grown children.

Operating as usual

09/11/2020
Get my latest e-News Update, incl:- DiSanto Says Stronger “Steer Clear” Law Needed- DiSanto Announces Historic Preservat...
09/10/2020

Get my latest e-News Update, incl:
- DiSanto Says Stronger “Steer Clear” Law Needed
- DiSanto Announces Historic Preservation Grants for Projects in Dauphin, Perry Counties
- Bill Requiring Legislative Approval of RGGI Goes to the Governor
- Senate Votes to Give Schools Final Say on School Sports, Spectators
At: https://www.senatordisanto.com/enews/091020-2/

Today the Senate approved HB 2787, which would give school districts the final say on whether to allow school sports, ex...
09/09/2020

Today the Senate approved HB 2787, which would give school districts the final say on whether to allow school sports, extracurricular activities and spectators during the 2020-21 school year. Schools would develop their own health and safety plans that reflect the realities they face from COVID-19 and these plans would be required to be posted online and submitted to the Department of Education. It would prohibit any individual who has COVID-19 in a transmissible stage from participating in any sporting event or extracurricular activity. The legislation, which now goes to the Governor, would remove the uncertainty that has been created by the Wolf Administration’s unclear and constantly shifting guidance for schools. Bill at: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2019&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2787

The State Senate approved SB 835 Tuesday to establish a grant program to extend deployment of broadband services to unde...
09/09/2020

The State Senate approved SB 835 Tuesday to establish a grant program to extend deployment of broadband services to underserved areas of the state, including parts of the 15th District. It would limit funding to entities that have demonstrated the ability to construct and administer internet services and require that they provide 20 percent of the funding for the project. High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s how we connect to critical services and information, so I hope the House takes it up quickly.
More at: https://www.senatordisanto.com/2020/09/09/disanto-senate-approves-bill-to-expand-broadband-access/

Today we announced the introduction of SB 1281 to rebrand our state’s “Steer Clear” law to “Move Over” law to provide cl...
09/08/2020

Today we announced the introduction of SB 1281 to rebrand our state’s “Steer Clear” law to “Move Over” law to provide clearer instructions to the public, require additional communications from PennDOT to educate motorists about their responsibilities, and increase penalties for violating the law. Locally, we suffered the tragic loss of Tyler Laudenslager of Halifax when, as a tow truck operator, he was struck while responding to a disabled vehicle. I was humbled to present his wife, mother and sister with a Senate Condolence Citation. No family should have to experience the avoidable death of a loved one like this. I look forward to the Senate taking up this legislation soon. A full video of the announcement is available at: https://www.senatordisanto.com/2020/09/08/tuesday-senator-mastriano-and-senator-kim-ward-to-host-first-responders-discuss-move-over-legislation/
Halifax Fire Department Senator Doug Mastriano State Senator Kim Ward - Unofficial Senator David G. Argall Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill

A special thanks this Labor Day to the many front-line workers helping us get through this challenging time. I’ll contin...
09/07/2020

A special thanks this Labor Day to the many front-line workers helping us get through this challenging time. I’ll continue advocating for policies that allow all our Pennsylvania friends, family and neighbors to get back to work safely.

Get my latest e-News update, incl:- Senate Leaders Propose Reforms to Make Elections More Efficient, Secure and Accessib...
09/03/2020

Get my latest e-News update, incl:
- Senate Leaders Propose Reforms to Make Elections More Efficient, Secure and Accessible
- Dairy Relief Grants Still Available
- CDL and Commercial Learner’s Permits Extended Through September 30
- Symposium Scheduled on VA Benefits
At: https://www.senatordisanto.com/enews/090320-2/

Today I joined my colleagues on the Senate Education Committee in approving legislation, HB 2787, that would give our sc...
09/03/2020
Bill Information - House Bill 2787; Regular Session 2019-2020

Today I joined my colleagues on the Senate Education Committee in approving legislation, HB 2787, that would give our school districts the authority to make decisions for themselves regarding fall sports and activities, including whether spectators will be permitted at sporting events. I look forward to the full Senate taking up this measure soon. Learn more at: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2019&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2787

Honored to help cut the ribbon on a new business near Harrisburg PA, Drinkkrisp! Check out their assortment of natural s...
09/02/2020

Honored to help cut the ribbon on a new business near Harrisburg PA, Drinkkrisp! Check out their assortment of natural spring and organic flavored water. Congratulations and much success! #15thProud w/ the offices of PA State Rep. Sue Helm & Senator Pat Toomey

Consider joining my live Telephone Town Hall, Wed, Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m., to hear about and discuss state issues impacti...
09/01/2020
State Senator John M. DiSanto -

Consider joining my live Telephone Town Hall, Wed, Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m., to hear about and discuss state issues impacting you and your family from the comfort and safety of your own home. Sign up at www.senatordisanto.com so you receive a call, or listen to the live stream. Hope you can make it!

In 2016, John was elected to the Senate representing the 15th Senatorial District, which covers most of Dauphin County and all of Perry County.

Congratulations to Terry Urich, honoree at this year’s Perry County Friends of Scouting breakfast! Glad my office was ab...
08/29/2020

Congratulations to Terry Urich, honoree at this year’s Perry County Friends of Scouting breakfast! Glad my office was able to attend and recognize him with a Senate Citation. New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America

Pleased to present Senate Certificates at Harrisburg Bureau of Police awards ceremony, recognizing Valor, Heroism and Di...
08/28/2020

Pleased to present Senate Certificates at Harrisburg Bureau of Police awards ceremony, recognizing Valor, Heroism and Distinguished Unit. Plus new detectives and chaplains and Officer of the Year. Congratulations and Thank You for your service! Harrisburg PA Dauphin County, PA PA State FOP

Get my latest e-News update, incl:- DiSanto to Hold Telephone Town Hall Sept. 2- Hearing Explores Economic Impact of PA’...
08/27/2020

Get my latest e-News update, incl:
- DiSanto to Hold Telephone Town Hall Sept. 2
- Hearing Explores Economic Impact of PA’s Participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
- Committee Examines Issues Facing Fire, EMS Companies
- Additional Unemployment Payments Coming Soon
At: https://www.senatordisanto.com/enews/082720-2/

Proud to participate in cutting the ribbon on the Commonwealth Monument Project's Orators' Pedestal honoring Harrisburg ...
08/26/2020

Proud to participate in cutting the ribbon on the Commonwealth Monument Project's Orators' Pedestal honoring Harrisburg PA's Old 8th Ward and four great abolitionists. Make time to visit this and other sites on the self-guided walking tour to learn this important history. w/Governor Tom Wolf, Rep. Patty Kim, Mayor Papenfuse, Dauphin County, PA Comm. Haste

Pleased to join in the ribbon cutting for the new Tri County Community Action Resource Center in Perry County, providing...
08/25/2020

Pleased to join in the ribbon cutting for the new Tri County Community Action Resource Center in Perry County, providing important services for families and children in need. A great facility with passionate staff doing valuable work in our community. Thank you for your dedication! w/ Perry County Commissioners

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 am, I'll be hosting a virtual Grants & Funding Workshop for municipal officials, first res...
08/24/2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 am, I'll be hosting a virtual Grants & Funding Workshop for municipal officials, first responders and other non-profit organizations. Many grants are extremely competitive, and I want to make sure these organizations have the tools they need to maximize their chances of securing funding for critical needs in our local communities. Register at www.senatordisanto.com/funding-workshop/. More info at: https://www.senatordisanto.com/2020/08/24/disanto-to-host-grants-and-funding-workshop-sept-15/

Honored to help cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Hershey Public Library this weekend! Community residents should ch...
08/23/2020

Honored to help cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Hershey Public Library this weekend! Community residents should check out the the new Family Entrance, Teen Space, and Storytime Room. I was glad to advocate for a state Keystone Library grant to support this effort. w/ PA State Rep. Tom Mehaffie #15thProud

Today I was honored to join the Office of Senator Pat Toomey in presenting Korean War "Ambassador for Peace Medals" to R...
08/21/2020

Today I was honored to join the Office of Senator Pat Toomey in presenting Korean War "Ambassador for Peace Medals" to Robert Black of Millersburg Borough Inc. and William Koch of Halifax. My late father was a Korean War veteran, so I am especially proud and privileged to be able to recognize others who served in Korea. While it is sometimes called the "Forgotten War," those who spent time in Korea will never forget it, and we must always remember their sacrifice on our behalf. #15thProud Halifax Area Citizens More at: https://www.senatordisanto.com/2020/08/21/state-senator-disanto-and-u-s-senator-toomey-present-korean-war-medals/

Great visit with our area PA State Police troopers at Peace of Mind Cafe in Millersburg Borough Inc. this morning during...
08/21/2020

Great visit with our area PA State Police troopers at Peace of Mind Cafe in Millersburg Borough Inc. this morning during Coffee with a Cop. Thanks to all our law enforcement professionals for their service everyday!

Get my latest E-News Update, incl:- DiSanto Announces $1.9 Million in Funding to Improve Water and Sewer Systems- Lawmak...
08/20/2020

Get my latest E-News Update, incl:
- DiSanto Announces $1.9 Million in Funding to Improve Water and Sewer Systems
- Lawmakers Review Plans to Reopen Schools Safely
- Hearing Highlights Debate Over Fall School Sports
- Reminder: Important 2020 Election Deadlines
At: https://www.senatordisanto.com/enews/082020-2/

08/19/2020
PA Senate GOP

Watch the Joint Hearing of the House & Senate Education Committees live now as we discuss school reopening plans with the Departments of Health and Education.

Senate AND House Education Committees

Joint public hearing on safely reopening K-12 schools this fall including Secretary Rivera from PDE and Secretary Levine from DOH

Senate Majority Chairman Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
House Majority Chairman Curt Sonney
Senate Minority Chairman Andrew Dinniman
House Minority Chairman James Roebuck

Pedro Rivera, Secretary
Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary for Elementary & Secondary Education
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary
Sarah Boateng, Executive Deputy Secretary

Written Testimony
Sean McAleer, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

https://www.pasenategop.com/blog/081920-2/

08/18/2020
PA Senate GOP

Watch today's PA Athletic Oversight Committee meeting live as they discuss fall sports in Pennsylvania schools.

Athletic Oversight Committee Hears Testimony on Resuming School Sports Safely; Martin Elected Chair

HARRISBURG – As the debate continues on whether school sports should resume this fall, key stakeholders told the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee today that they believe these activities can continue safely with proper safeguards in place to protect the health of student-athletes.

Prior to receiving testimony, the committee voted unanimously to elect Senator Scott Martin (R-13) to serve as Chair. Martin said the hearing was critical to hear of the hard, extensive work put in by school districts in developing and implementing health and safety plans to allow school sports to be facilitated safely, as they have been already most of the summer. In addition, the development of guidelines by the Department of Health to allow a limited number of spectators, especially parents of student-athletes, is very important, especially since families have been spectators since June at youth summer leagues in a variety of sports already.

“As youth leagues demonstrated over the summer, we know that we can ensure students’ physical health while they play sports. We are talking about more than just a game here. Sometimes the opportunities we are providing are a ticket to higher education opportunities and an anchor to keep kids in school. For many young people, school sports is a critical part of their physical, mental and emotional health” Martin said. “Parents and family members need to be involved as well. As a recreational football league coach, we actually require a parent or guardian to be present in case a young athlete suffers any sort of injury or illness that requires medical attention.”

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi pointed out that their Return to Competition guidelines they provided to schools were developed using information published by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health, fall sport steering committees, officials’ council, coaches’ association representatives and the sports medicine advisory committee.

“Throughout this summer, numerous community and recreational programs have hosted countless activities for all different age groups,” Lombardi said. “To our knowledge, none have reported problems with coronavirus breakouts.”

“If schools are unable to engage in sports, and absent another mandatory shutdown, families and students will not stop playing. They will simply find other outlets,” Lombardi said. “Halting interscholastic athletics will not eliminate the risk, it will simply shift it to other venues that lack sufficient oversight.”

Lombardi also said that member schools and athletic personnel have reported more than 30,000 pre-screenings over the past eight weeks of voluntary workouts. Those screenings resulted in just four positive tests for COVID-19.

A meeting with the Wolf Administration last week presented no specific medical or research reason that would suggest that participation in interscholastic sports inherently increases the risk of COVID-19, Lombardi said.

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Director of Education Sean McAleer echoed those sentiments. He requested that all decisions on whether to offer a high school fall season be made by the schools, leagues and conferences that run those entities.

“The PIAA believes, and we agree, it is essential to the physical and mental well-being of high school student-athletes across the Commonwealth to return to physical activity and athletic competition,” McAleer said. “Our schools and athletic programs accepted the changes and have been able to follow their safety plans, comply with the standards and navigate all the roadblocks to create a safe return to sports this fall. Please allow the local folks that know their communities and have the most current data for their geographic area to make the decisions regarding fall sports for their students to play.”

The committee also heard testimony from school and sports representatives, including:

• Lee Ann Wentzel, Superintendent, Ridley School District.

• Brandon Bailey, Director of Educational Services, Richland School District.

• Bob Bozzuto, Athletic Director, North Allegheny High School.

• Mark Evans, Head Football Coach, Manheim Township School District.

Safe water and reliable sewage treatment are critical for maintaining public health, quality of life, and economic devel...
08/17/2020

Safe water and reliable sewage treatment are critical for maintaining public health, quality of life, and economic development potential. I am pleased to announce funding which will help our area communities pay for crucial projects that, because of their scope, would be difficult for local ratepayers to shoulder alone. More info at: https://www.senatordisanto.com/2020/08/17/disanto-announces-1-9-million-in-funding-to-improve-water-and-sewer-systems/
Oliver Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania, Loysville, Bloomfield Borough, Duncannon Borough,
Halifax Area Citizens, Elizabethville Borough

Get my latest e-News Update, incl:- Application Period Opens for Second Round of COVID-19 Small Business Grants- FAQ Ava...
08/14/2020

Get my latest e-News Update, incl:
- Application Period Opens for Second Round of COVID-19 Small Business Grants
- FAQ Available on School Closures and Unemployment Compensation
- 2020 Census Door-to-Door Visits Underway
- Fall School Sports Seasons Delayed Two Weeks
At: https://www.senatordisanto.com/enews/081420-2/

I called Rabbi Friedman yesterday to offer my support after I learned of this incident. Any defacing of property and use...
08/11/2020
Community rallies around Jewish congregation after swastikas found painted on synagogue - TheBurg

I called Rabbi Friedman yesterday to offer my support after I learned of this incident. Any defacing of property and use of symbols of hate to intimidate and threaten members of our community is absolutely wrong, and I am hopeful the perpetrators will be brought to justice quickly. I am thankful that the Kesher Israel Congregation was recently awarded a grant, through the State Nonprofit Security Grant program I authored last year, to upgrade their security system and offer protection from these sorts of attacks. We must all stand with them against hatred and violence.

Members of the Kesher Israel Congregation heading to morning services on Monday were met with a disturbing surprise. Swastikas had been painted on the front of their synagogue, said Rabbi Elisha Friedman. “My security antenna went up,” he said. “People were worried about safety.” Friedman qu...

The second round of COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance applications are being accepted from small bu...
08/11/2020

The second round of COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance applications are being accepted from small businesses economically impacted by the pandemic. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Businesses that applied in the first round don't need to reapply. This application window closes August 28. Details: https://pabusinessgrants.com/

Informative visit today to Mountain Ridge Metals in Millersburg, Dauphin County, PA, a family-owned advanced aluminum ex...
08/10/2020

Informative visit today to Mountain Ridge Metals in Millersburg, Dauphin County, PA, a family-owned advanced aluminum extrusion manufacturer employing nearly 130. An impressive operation with a significant economic impact on our region and great growth potential! #15thProud

The deadline for PA fire, rescue and EMS companies to register for a new COVID-19 grant program has been extended to Fri...
08/07/2020

The deadline for PA fire, rescue and EMS companies to register for a new COVID-19 grant program has been extended to Friday, August 14, 4 p.m. The General Assembly enacted this program to help first responders pay for operations impacted by the pandemic. Details, instructions & more from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner:
https://www.osfc.pa.gov/GrantsandLoans/Pages/COVID-19-Fire-Rescue-EMS-Grant.aspx

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